Rural schools crisis

4th September 2009 at 01:00
Rural primary schools are closing at a rate of one a month, fuelled by a lack of affordable housing for families, campaigners have warned

Parents with young children are being priced out of villages and forced to move to towns where housing is cheaper, according to the National Housing Federation. If the situation continues, up to 200 more rural primary schools could close by 2014. Figures obtained by the federation under a Freedom of Information request show that 13 village primaries closed in 2006, 14 in 2007 and 13 in 2008. Overall, between 2004 and 2008 there were 62 closures. These are the highest number since the 1990s, the campaigners claimed, when 30 a year were being shut, up until 1997.

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